UWCKL disperses first round of Emergency Community Support Fund in City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton

On May 19, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes launched a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF is funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.


Today, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is pleased to share an update on the recipients of this funding. Over the past month, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has received numerous applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, seven organizations have been approved for a total of $93,875.


City of Kawartha Lakes

  • John Howard Society City of Kawartha Lakes, $20,000 for the Community Intervention Program
  • Five Counties Children’s Centre $10,450, for the Help at Home Program
  • Boys and Girls Club for the City of Kawartha Lakes, $18,000, for Summer Camp programs


Haliburton County

  • Point in Time, $20,000, Haliburton County Youth Hub
  • Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation, $19,925, Mental Health Services and Virtual Supports
  • SIRCH $15,000, Community Kitchen



  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton $8,500, Group Virtual Programs


United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to support the important investment of $281,682.00 into our local communities, applications for funding remain open and will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the deadline of July 10, 2020.


“The impact of this investment is threefold;” writes Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL. “Organizations in our area will be able to help people, especially citizens at risk, with some supports more rapidly; assist in connecting people to agencies that will help them now and going forward; and lastly help strengthen the capacity of our community by working collaboratively.”


Media Contacts:

Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger

Projects and Communications Coordinator



By |2020-06-30T13:49:00-04:00June 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Call for Applications – Emergency Community Support Fund

Call for Applications – Emergency Community Support Fund

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

Starting May 19th, 2020, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes will be accepting applications for funding.


Who can Apply?

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19.

Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a qualified donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19. United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes may also partner with nonprofits, through agent agreements, delivering services that align with our organization’s charitable objects].

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

  • Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers
  • Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching
  • Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities
  • Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support
  • Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence
  • Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and
  • Others


What Types of Activities could be Funded?

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19
  • Sharing information and knowledge
  • Engaging and recruiting volunteers

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until Friday, July 10th, 2020. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

Click to access application form. Applications will be accepted Friday, July 10th, 2020 at 12 pm.


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (2) ECSF Applicant guide_EN

For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator at communityinvestment@ckl.unitedway.ca for assistance.


By |2020-05-19T10:03:14-04:00May 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A note from our office regarding the COVID 19 pandemic

Like many businesses, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is taking steps to help reduce the transmission of COVID 19 by closing its office to the public.  Staff will be monitoring emails and communications from both the office and remotely until April 6.  Our network of community partners and agencies are contacting their clients to keep them informed about services that are being temporarily suspended or altered.

Thank you to our public health leaders, health care workers and municipal staff and councils. We have seen incredible leadership and professionalism from front line teams. People across our rural communities have been reaching out to some of our more fragile and isolated neighbours, this is important to ensure they have groceries, prescriptions and wellness checks.

These are extraordinary times and to help you access critical information here is a list of some sources for knowledge and help:

HKPR Health Unit: 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5020 OR hkpr.on.ca

If you think you have symptoms please call Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000

Starting Wednesday, March 18, the RMH COVID-19 Assessment Centre can be reached at 705-328-6217. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8a.m.-4p.m.

Need help locating local services call 211 OR 211.ontario.ca

CMHA HKPR Info    Crisis Helpline: 1-866-995-9933 (local)

Kids Help Phone  -24 /7 service @  tel:1-800-668-6868

CMHA National: 1-833-456-4566






Penny Barton Dyke

Executive Director

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes

By |2020-03-17T13:58:18-04:00March 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2019 Crayola Sale Raffle Winners Announced

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes and Crayola Canada are excited to announce the winners from the raffle that took place at the 31st annual Crayola Sale last weekend! Crayola and United Way would like to congratulate:

1st prize!

Congratulations Tracey Newlove!

2nd Prize

Congratulations Linda Rodger!

3rd Prize

Congratulations Melissa Franzen!

By |2019-11-27T10:24:55-05:00November 21st, 2019|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Crayola Sale Date Change

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is excited to announce the date of the 2019 Crayola Sale. Shoppers will still be able to enjoy all of the same deals as previous years, but this year, the date has changed! Please take note and join us on Saturday November 16th from 8am-12pm at the Lindsay Exhibition Fairgrounds. There is no fee for entry but it is important to remember that this is a CASH ONLY SALE.

By |2019-10-02T14:00:38-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Two Tonnes Harvested and Donated

Friday September 27, 2019

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is excited to announce that its newest endeavour in Food Security, Edwin Binney’s Community Garden, has hit yet another unprecedented milestone: more than two tonnes of fresh produce donated to local social service agencies! Crayola Canada’s unused land turned United Way CKL’s large scale garden set out with a goal of providing food security and food literacy to people in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and the project has been an extraordinary success for its first year of operation.

Naturally, the main goal of Edwin Binney’s Community Garden is to provide fresh produce to people who need it in the City of Kawartha Lakes through social service agencies, food banks, shelters, and children’s programming agencies. Eleven different agencies received fresh produce in the first year, thanks in part to the incredible power of FoodRescue.ca.  Jessica Topfer, FoodRescue.ca Coordinator commented: “Thanks in large part to United Way CKL, we are seeing 95% of all donations going through FoodRescue.ca be fresh and nutritious produce – items which such non-profits might not often come by, or which can be expensive to purchase for their programming. This has helped non-profits immensely by saving them some of their already limited financial resources, but most importantly, it has given members of our community an opportunity to access good food which can provide them the nutrition and energy they need as they work toward strengthening their future.”

A partnership with the Sustainable Agriculture program at Fleming College Frost Campus has meant that the garden receives a science-based crop rotation plan which will allow even more produce in future years. Students in the Sustainable Agriculture course are also able to receive practical experience that will count towards their diploma while working on site at Edwin Binney’s Community Garden.

The multi-pronged approach taken by United Way CKL has meant that along with experience for college students, children of all ages can enjoy learning at the garden. Thanks to a TD Friends of the Environment Grant, United Way CKL was able to hire an educator to create curriculum-based workshop materials so that children of all ages can enjoy the garden while learning about where their food comes from. Fifteen school classes and summer camps with children ranging from 3 to 17 years old were able to visit the garden in year one. A total of 300 young people gained hands-on experience in food literacy, numeracy, agriculture and biology through plant identification, scavenger hunts, crafts, and various whimsical activities in the garden. “The visit was not only very informative and interesting for the campers, but it was also very, very fun! Our campers thoroughly enjoyed learning about the garden and participating in the crafts and activities you had in place for us,” said the Summer Activities Coordinator at the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Representatives from Crayola Canada remarked: “This is an amazing accomplishment, way beyond any expectation we had when this project started. It is a result of a combined effort from so many local partners; Crayola is very proud to be a part of such a significant community initiative.”

Plans for year two are already in full swing, with the goal of increasing produce yields and student involvement. Anyone interested in getting involved in Edwin Binney’s Community Garden should contact Elly Millington, Projects and Communications Coordinator at United Way CKL by email at office@ckl.unitedway.ca or by telephoning the office at 705-878-5081.

By |2019-09-27T12:55:55-04:00September 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Share Your Story – Inspire Other Workplace Campaigns

Tell us about your workplace’s United Way Campaign!

Our campaign vision:  to inspire one another to give, mentor and strengthen support of UWCKL’s community investments and our funded agencies.

We have amazing Individual donors and workplace donors.  Throughout the year we will continue to connect and thank them for their ongoing support.

This campaign will feature workplaces. 

Goal:  capture messages from workplaces that include:

  • How they participate—payroll/chili or soup cook-offs/ special events internally, (sharing ideas with other workplaces will inspire new ideas)
  • Customer and/or employee loyalty
  • Company-team building
  • Some workplaces designate to projects—i.e. community gardens, bonspiel event, bursary programs -(great dual branding and commitment & passion for a project)
  • Celebrate with partners their stories and milestones:  Crayola Canada will be hosting its 30th annual sale and has raised in total over $1 million
  • Hear the stories and inspire others to join us in helping more than 30,000 people (90% of Canadians will access a United Way funded program in their lifetime)

We want to celebrate your workplace and all that you do to support the community! Send us your workplace campaign stories and pictures and we will share them on our website and social media. Help inspire other workplaces to get involved by sharing what you are most proud of about your workplace campaign.

Visit our Workplace Campaign Profile page to read about companies that are giving.

By |2019-01-20T12:11:30-05:00October 1st, 2018|Campaign, Uncategorized, Workplace|0 Comments

Chris Hadfield Event

This was the biggest one day event ever for the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The day began with Col. Hadfield making a quick visit to Community Living. Following this visit, he spoke with students from the two local school boards as well as a local private school. Over 1,600 students, teachers & staff attended these two events. There was also a Meet & Greet for sponsors where guests had a chance to meet Col. Hadfield. This was followed by the event at the Academy Theatre, with over 600 attendees. After the event there was a book signing. The event raised over $40,000. We would like to thank the Three Chairs Committee: Barb Truax, Tim Truax, Sherry Giltenan Truax, Ruth Tait, Pat Twohey and Marlene Wood for their hard work to make this event happen. What a wonderful memory for everyone who had a chance to be a part of this day!

Here are some images from the event.  Click on any thumbnail to see a larger version.

By |2019-01-20T12:17:59-05:00June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Seeing is Believing

Hosted by:

Community Living Central Highlands

205 McLaughlin Rd.

Lindsay, ON

Light Refreshments

Q&A with agencies

Selfie the Elfie!

Trivia Questions and Games


See how your donation to the United Way for the CKL  helps 30,000 people



By |2016-11-11T13:46:47-05:00December 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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